To set the stage for Hansel's Belmont victory, one must go back to Churchill Downs, where the colt had thrown in an inexplicably bad performance in the Kentucky Derby, finishing 10th after looking like a winner at the top of the stretch.
Cowboy Culture took a key step forward in his maturation process when the son of Quality Road drew off as he pleased in the final furlong to win the $100,000 Arlington Classic Stakes (G3T) by 5 3/4 lengths over Gorgeous Kitten May 27.
Wellabled sailed over the Polytrack to earn his first stakes score in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Diadura rolled to her first black-type with a win in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.
Grade I winner The Pizza Man towers over his field in the Stars and Stripes, but only if he can regain his form of a year ago when he won the Arlington Million. He is winless in two starts this season.
The 4-year-old Giant Gizmo filly upset heavy favorite I'm a Chatterbox two starts back on dirt, when she won the April 22 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland to earn her first graded score for trainer Bernie Flint.
A federal judge April 21 denied a request by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to block Arlington from signing a representation contract with the rival Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said it believes it can find common ground with Arlington as it moves into contract negotiations and also work with track officials to better position Illinois racing.
The Illinois Racing Board Aug. 27 granted Maywood Park permission to scrap the final three months of its harness season, a controversial decision with implications for the coming year's Thoroughbred dates.
Churchill Downs Inc. officials said Thursday, Feb. 26, they aim to build on last year's highly profitable Kentucky Derby week but acknowledged they see little opportunity for racing growth outside of that week.
A WWII veteran and Chicago business tycoon continues to influence Arlington International Racecourse -- despite his advanced age and the political challenges faced by the Illinois racing community.
Euro Charline will have the services of Racing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when she pursues a second straight grade I victory Oct. 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland.
View more from Chris Emigh, Chris Block, and other members of the Illinois racing community in 'Man Behind the Million,' our latest longform feature currently at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform
A mix of international runners, local heroes, and proven grade I winners will tussle in the $750,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing card Aug. 16 outside Chicago.
A look at the history of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and Arlington International Racecourse, run by 92-year-old Richard Duchossois. Read the companion longform feature at http://www.bloodhorse.com/ArlingtonLongform.
A look at the history of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and Arlington International Racecourse, run by 92-year-old Richard Duchossois. Read the companion longform feature at http://www.bloodhorse.com/ArlingtonLongform